Webinar: Project Management for Business Lawyers


Business Law Section Members Live Webinar Series: Project Management for Business Lawyers
Tuesday, February 25th
Noon - 1pm 

1.0 MCLE Credit | Law Practice Management 

This webinar is free to NYSBA Business Law Section Members.  Non Business Law Section members will receive a 2020 Membership to the Business Law Section upon registering. Non-NYSBA Members are $50 to attend. Please click here to register

This one hour webinar is designed to familiarize business lawyers with the process of legal project management (LPM), the benefits many firms have achieved through the implementation of the process, the difficulties many other firms have run into during the implementation and the actions and steps necessary to help address these difficulties to ensure that  LPM is implemented in the best possible fashion within your firm or legal department.  Among the questions that will be addressed in this program are:

  • What are the components of “Project Management” as they apply to “Case Management” vs. “Change Management” 
  • What benefits are firms realizing from the successful implementation of LPM 
  • How do you develop a Project Management Plan? 
  • What are the components of such a plan including the objective to be achieved, plan, assignment of roles, responsibilities and accountabilities, schedules and milestones and monitoring and evaluation of results 
  • How to implement this process in your law firm. 
  • What difficulties can you expect to encounter as you implement LPM and how are they best addressed? 


Gary Richards | Principal | LegalBizDev 

Gary is a Principal at LegalBizDev, where he coaches lawyers in Legal Project Management and is a contributing author of the Legal Project Management Quick Reference Guide.

He has presented to and coached lawyers in the US, Canada, Australia, and Luxembourg. He is a Certified Legal Project Manager and designs and conducts CLE programs, and tailored workshops for individual law firms and legal associations. He has also taught Project Management to corporate executives in, England, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Brazil, and Egypt.

He addressed the American Bar Association’s National Convention in Hawaii and has presented CLE workshops for the Young Lawyer’s Chapter in Chicago and New Orleans. Gary developed and conducted CLE programs for American Law Institute. He has addressed the state meeting of the Virginia Bar and has also presented his customized workshops to Bar Associations of Missouri, Nevada, Massachusetts, Indiana, Virginia, Kansas, Nebraska and Kentucky, as well as to Washington Defenders Association, and the Cincinnati and Cleveland Bar Associations. He also conducted workshops for bar associations in eight Canadian provinces, and has conducted tailored workshops for entire law firms, including their paralegals and clerical staff as well as corporate legal departments.

Gary participated with R. Alec Mackenzie (author of The Time Trap) in a nationwide study of U.S. lawyers and Canadian barristers on personal characteristics that enhanced good law practice but interfered with good time management. Gary is the author of Time Management Handbook for Lawyers-How-to Tactics That Really Work.

Gary’s other courses for lawyers include: How To Get Work Done In A Law Firm, How to Keep Clients Happy (Profitable Client Service Skills), How to Reach Productive Agreements ( Day-To-Day Negotiating Skills), How To Conduct Productive Meetings, How Managing Partners Lead and How To Manage Receivables.

He has a B.S. in psychology from Oklahoma State University and attained the Certified Financial Planner designation. He is a former member of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), and a former member of the American Society for Training and Development.

Gary lives in White Lake, Michigan, with his wife Linda.

Gary Fiebert | Principal | GBF Management LLC

Gary Fiebert has been the Managing Principal of GBF Management, LLC since early in 2012 and brings a unique combination of skills to his management counsel to their clients. During this time, through the middle of 2018, he also served as a Partner in Smock Law Firm Consultants.

He originally spent seven years in industry applying his education in industrial and management engineering in corporate positions and then 16 years as a general management consultant, first with Touche Ross & Company (now Deloitte), then with a general management firm (focusing on profit improvement and operational effectiveness) that he co-founded, and finally as the President and Chief Operating Officer of a leading executive search firm

For the next 20 years, he served as Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of three major New York-based law firms (Schulte Roth & Zabel, Rosenman & Colin, and Mudge Rose Guthrie Alexander & Ferdon) – responsible (as the primary non-attorney manager and leader) for strategic business planning (firm and practice), finance, general firm management, organizational change, human resources, and marketing/ business development.

Mr. Fiebert is a regular speaker at legal management conferences and seminars, focusing on the development and implementation of innovative solutions to achieve long and short term strategic objectives and operational improvements. He has also taught law firm management at the Graduate School of Business at Stony Brook University – SUNY and has guest lectured at SUNY and the Fordham Law School on leadership and strategic management, served on the Editorial Board of the ABA’s Law Practice magazine, and the ABA’s Committee on Lawyer Leadership and Management.

Mr. Fiebert holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering from New York University and a Masters of Science in Management Engineering from Long Island University. He was a Certified Management Consultant and is a member of the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association and the Association of Legal Administrators. He is a former member of the New York City Law Firm Executive Directors’ Group and the Large Firm Administrators Caucus of the ALA.